Atlanta kicker recalls field goal that helped Army beat Navy

Twenty years ago, Atlanta’s Patmon Malcom kicked the game-winning field goal – twice, no less – to help Army defeat Navy, 25-24, and complete a 17-point comeback.

His first attempt from 44 yards was flagged for delay of game, so he had to kick it again from 49 yards.

It was the last field goal of Malcom’s career.

He graduated and spent eight years in the Army flying Blackhawk helicopters.

He returned to Atlanta, earned an MBA from Emory and went to work for J.P. Morgan in New York doing investment banking. For the past eight years he has worked in the Atlanta firm of Earnest Partners, where he is now a partner focusing on investment management.

Malcom won’t be at Saturday’s Army-Navy game, but he will be watching it with friends and family from his home in Milton.

Q: Would it be inaccurate to think that you, a Cadet, were scared before the kick?

A: I don’t know if you would call it scared. In the moment, you don’t realize how big it is. It was my job. That’s what I did. I kicked field goals. That’s what you’re trained for.

In the moment, you aren’t really thinking about being scared. You are thinking about, ‘How am I going to make this?’ instead of being scared.

Q: What advice would you give the kicker for Army if he faces a game-winner on Saturday?

A: My only advice to him would be to keep his head down. If you start thinking about other stuff, that’s when you miss. I’m sure it’s something he has practiced. What you want to rehearse in your head and before your actual kick is ‘what things am I going to do right?’

For me, 90-180 seconds I was thinking about where my plant foot is going to be, have good leg lock and keep my head down.

If you do that, everything takes care of itself.

Q: What about Navy’s kicker? Any advice?

A: (Laughs) Don’t keep your head down. Look up.

Q: Did that kick change your life?

A: It changed elements of my life. I would say that. When you asked if I was scared ahead of time, that’s what you don’t realize in the moment. That’s what the kickers, if they are put in that situation … it could change their lives. I didn’t realize the impact.

It can also affect your career. The difference in going and playing for an SEC school or ACC school, everyone from that school goes off into a hundred thousand directions. You can still keep up with each other with social media, but it’s not like Army or Navy where every single person is going into the military and you will interact them for at least the next five years.

To be known as the guy that made the kick, instead of the guy that missed the kick, that makes for a much better life.

8 comments Add your comment

FAN

December 6th, 2012
2:21 pm

Thank you for your service to our great Country. Also, sorry, GO NAVY!!

Ed

December 6th, 2012
3:10 pm

It’s great to see a young man who was “just doing his job, and doing what he was trained to do”, both for his school and for the U. S. military. GREAT JOB. and GO ARMY.

Big T

December 6th, 2012
7:08 pm

Good Job,,,,GO ARMY

Mike Breedlove

December 7th, 2012
8:02 pm

Now others will believe me, you know I’m your biggest promoter Pat.

NOT AtlantaKicker

December 8th, 2012
10:55 am

Great story but Come on Doug…do your homework…Pat(mon) Malcolm was a ROSWELL Kicker…a 3yr letterman from Roswell High school who was an outstanding student athlete for Coach RAY MANUS and the HORNETS…..Roswell is VERY PROUD of PAT, his Dad Dr. Malcolm who volunteered many hours to the Roswell Football program and his two brothers who also graduated from Roswell High.

SOOO don’t let the City of Atlanta or City of Milton claim him now!!!! Patmon Malcolm, proud member of Class of 1988 Roswell High School,

Lakerman

December 9th, 2012
10:38 am

That’s right – Pat was from Roswell. I went to middle school with him.

bri

December 9th, 2012
9:16 pm

umm…do YOUR homework…Pat graduated class of 1989.

NOT AtlantaKicker

December 10th, 2012
11:49 am

Your correct bri….MEA CULPA….his last football season was Fall of 1988 but he graduated in Class of 1989. Homework finished!